Last May 31, TESDA NCR hosted and welcomed the initial batches of trainees for the National Capital Region under the TESDA Emergency Skills Training Program (TESTP) at the TESDA complex.
TESDA PASMAK, through its accredited TVIs, MFI Pasay and UIMTAC, offered Assembly of Solar Nightlight and Post Lamp and Prepare hot and cold Meals, respectively.
During the opening program held at the TESDA Women’s Center, TESDA PASMAK’s Director, Ms. Ma. Angelina M. Carreon, welcomed the 225 scholars from the initial 8 TESTP training. The guest speakers during the program were Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, Deputy Directors General Rosanna Urdaneta and Rebecca Calzado, along with the representative of Taguig City. A short tour of the Tulong Kabuhayan Center, which itself was inaugurated on the day, followed.
The initial 225 TESTP scholars were mostly returning OFWs; immediate family members and relatives of members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police; family members of the MMDA traffic enforcers; reforming drug dependents and their families; and, informal settlers.
TESDA started to accept the application forms of those who wished to be part of TESTP in May 1. Among the training programs under TESTP were motorcycle/small engine servicing; prepare cold meals; solar lamps assembly; nihonggo language; hilot (wellness massage); carpentry; process food bysalting, curing and smoking at maintain and repair audio/video products. Apart from free skills training, TESDA will give free assessment and certification, free starter kit and allowance during the program.
Eleven (11) candidates who were partially and totally blind were able to perform all the competencies for Massage NCII last February 7, 2017. The assessment was held at Carenet Health Care Institute Inc. and was conducted by Mr. Elmar delos Santos.
TESDA Director General, Secretary Guiling "Gene" A. Mamondiong, together with BJMP Chief J/Director Serafin Barreto Jr., distributed TESDA National Certificates and tool kits to the first batch of inmates and their family members who had finished their training and successfully completed their competency assessment on Wednesday, January 18, at the Makati City Jail.
The activity was part of the formal nationwide launch of TESDA's "Integration Through Skills Development Project for Inmates and Families". The same Project will also provide free skills and trainors training for the staff members of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).
Apart from Mamondiong, others who attended the launch were TESDA Operation Deputy Director General Alvin Feliciano, Executive Director Susan dela Rama, Pasay-Makati District Director Angelina M. Carreon and Makati City Jail Warden Supt. Esmeralda Azucena, and other officials from both agencies.
A total of 140 inmates at the Makati City Jail have enlisted for the TESDA skills program of which 20 had already received their National Certificates (NC II) after passing their required skills assessment. Courses offered by TESDA for the Project’s implementation in Makati are Bread and Pastry Production NC II, Barista NC II, Electrical Installation and Maintenance NC II, and HEO-Forklift Operation for male inmates, while Cookery NC II, Beauty Care NC II, Hilot NC II and Hairdressing NC II are available for female inmates.
The Project is the result of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between TESDA and BJMP signed last December 6, 2016, and aims to provide interventions through skills development by training inmates for self or wage-employment to uplift their economic status and facilitate reintegration to their respective communities.